Kevin Knox was a surprising late addition to John Calipari’s 2017 recruiting class. Deciding shortly after the Kentucky Derby, the initial shock caused for celebration. After the celebration, fans began to ask questions, “How did he get to UK? Where is he going to play? What can he do for our team?” In an interview with KSTV, he answered all of those questions and more.
The most curious question is where the versatile 6’8″ forward will play. An athlete with exceptional offensive skills, Knox can play forward or stretch the floor as the two-guard.
“They want me to play a lot of two, a lot of three, maybe throw in some four depending on what lineup,” Knox said. “They really want me everywhere on the floor and I think that’s one of the reasons why I picked Kentucky.”
While fans waited to hear Hamidou Diallo’s decision, many questioned if his return would negatively affect Knox by taking away some of his time as a two-guard. Knox’s reaction was quite the opposite.
“I’m naturally my best on the wing and I think with Hamidou coming back and him most likely playing a lot of the two, I’ll be playing a lot of the three. Me and him on the wing together — that’s pretty scary.”
Many experts, analysts and fans have questioned this team’s ability to shoot. Knox does not.
“A lot of people say we lack shooting, but I think I can knock shots down, P.J. can knock shots down, Jarred can knock shots down. I think we’re really pretty solid on shooting.”
Youth is the team’s biggest question mark. It’s a question raised every year for John Calipari’s teams, but with eight newcomers the concern is even more extensive. Even though they’re young and have yet to report to campus, Knox has a great rapport with his teammates. Their time playing AAU on shoe circuits and at All-American games has created a bond, a bond that will build through competitiveness in practice.
“Every single day we’re in the gym together it’s gonna be real competitive,” Knox said. “That’s one of the reasons why I picked Kentucky is because I know they’ll get me better. The players around me, they’ll push me really hard. I can’t come to practice and slack off everyday. I know I gotta come to practice with my A-game.”
The time for talking is finished. Knox knows it’s time to go to work. “I’m ready to strive for nine.”